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Daily Cupcakes- the Goodbye Edition

It's that time of year, we get to say a warm (or sometimes not so warm) welcome to new players, and sadly say goodbye to some beloved, and not so beloved players. Today, is about the goodbyes, here is a recap of the guys that have moved on thus far.

First up, the latest loss, Phil Dupuis is joining John-Michael Liles in Leafs gear next year.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Philippe Dupuis to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000.

Wikipedia lists this as a highlight of his achievements:

In the 2010–11 season, Dupuis made the Avalanche's opening night roster out of training camp, securing a position as the teams fourth line center.[6] He scored his first NHL goal, which was short handed, on November 6, 2010, against Andrew Raycroft of the Dallas Stars, as part of a 5-0 home win for the Colorado Avalanche. He also had two assists and was named the first star of the game.[7] Dupuis concluded his NHL rookie campaign with 17 points in 74 games.


Both goalies have left for greener pastures, Brian Elliott went to the Blues.

Prior to the trade deadline of the 2010–11 season Elliott was traded as a part of Ottawa's rebuilding process to the Colorado Avalanche on February 18, 2011 in exchange for goaltender Craig Anderson.[5]

With 2 wins in 12 starts to end the season, Elliott was released as a free agent after the Avalanche declined his qualifying offer.[6] Elliott then signed a one-year contract worth $1.2 million with the St. Louis Blues on July 1, 2011.[7]

And Peter Budaj has signed on with the Montreal Canadiens.

On April 1, 2011, Budaj became the first Slovakian goaltender to reach 100 career NHL wins with a 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix.

Budaj signed a two-year contract worth $2.3 million with the Montreal Canadiens on July 1, 2011.[7]


As A.J. had been saying for awhile, Tomas Fleischmann left the Avalanche, he is now a Florida Panther.

On November 30, 2010, Fleischmann was traded by the Capitals to the Colorado Avalanche for Scott Hannan.[17] Returning to Left Wing, he made his Avalanche debut in a 2-1 overtime defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes on December 3, 2010.[18] In his fourth game his scored his first goal with Colorado in a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on December 10, 2010.[19] Five days later Fleischmann notched his first career NHL hat-trick in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.[20] Fleischmann's torrid start with the Avalanche, scoring 21 points in 22 games, came to a sudden halt on January 20, when it was revealed that he was diagnosed with pulmonary emboli and would miss the remainder of the 2010–11 season.[21]

Fleischmann signed a four-year contract worth $18 million with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2011.[22]

Ryan Wilson and Kevin Porter have asked for arbitration, so we may be saying goodbye to them shortly.